Australia is a vast country with a varying array of climates, and as a result, there are a variety of prolific wines coming from our diverse selection of wine regions. Here are a selection of Australia’s most well-known wine regions.
THE YARRA VALLEY
Close to Melbourne’s east, the Yarra Valley is well known as an important ecotourism destination. The region is divided into two subregions: the warmer, hilly Valley Floor and the cooler climate of the Upper Valley. With such prolific wineries as Yering Station, varieties such as Chardonnay, sparkling wine and Pinot Noir are produced in the Yarra Valley.
Just a short 15-minute drive from Adelaide, the Adelaide Hills are a picturesque location. With a median climate, the region produces Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris varieties.
Lying in the middle of South Australia, the Clare Valley offers the perfect climate for producing sweet Riesling wines. Like the Hunter Valley, it was one of the first wine-producing regions.
THE BAROSSA VALLEY
This wine region was one of the first to be established in Australia, pioneered by German settlers. The hot climate produces shiraz vines, along with Grenache, Mourvedre, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Chardonnay and Semillon grapes.
The Mediterranean climate of McLaren Vale is host to several family-run wineries, and is known for its dry red wines such as Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot, and whites such as Chardonnay, Semillon, Sauvignon blanc, and Riesling.
Home to several boutique wine producers, the Mediterranean climate of Margaret River has also been likened to that of Bordeaux. The Western Australian region produces quantities of red and white, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, Sémillon, Shiraz, Merlot, Chenin blanc and Verdelho varieties.
The Hunter Valley has played an intrinsic role in the history of Australian wine regions, being the first location for vineyards in the 1800s. As one of the most famous wine regions, the Hunter Valley is very well known for tourism in Australia. With Hunter Valley Sémillon being the most prolific variety, the area also produces Shiraz, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Verdelho grapes.
Near Bendigo in Victoria, the goldfields area is known for producing quality Shiraz, with Cambrian, mineral-rich soils.
South-east of Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula has a cool climate which is conducive to producing mostly Pinot Noir, but with other varieties such as Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Tempranillo. The seaside location is a factor in the terroir of these wines, and wines from the area are known to be medium-bodied and dry with a refreshingly complex structure.
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